Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Course: Creative Flower Photography (3 week course)

10:00 - 12:00

This course is divided into 3 units each of 2 hours which may be taken individually but are best enjoyed as a complete course.  Over 3 weeks Carol Jones (tutor) will show different techniques to appreciate the various ways the beauty of flowers can be captured.  You will need a camera but even a camera phone will do!  Do bring more sophisticated cameras too!


1.  Inspiration, composition (subject, background, foreground) and lighting

2.  Garden Flower Photography

3.  Flat-Lay and vignette photograpy

Cost: £69 for the whole course (3 weeks) or £39 for each separate unit (includes 10% Family Card discount)

Friday, 04 May 2018

Course: Framework Grafting

09:30 - 15:30

This is a a one day course.

For full details and to book please visit:

Saturday, 05 May 2018

Bonsai: Myths, Legends and Truths - Free talk

10:00 - 12:00

Speaker: Serge Tasic

Bonsai is a well-known and appreciated technique of growing trees in pots.  However, the perception of Bonsai growing is that it is hard to have a beautiful and healthy Bonsai which is both long lived and does not cost a fortune.  In this talk, Serge Tasic will look into the history and development of Bonsai as well as break some myths which relate to this hobby.  They will demonstrate some basic techniques of growing Bonsai, keeping it healthy and ensuring that it develops into a good looking and valuable specimen.  They will try to answer any questions you have and explain why they have such a passion for this wonderful hobby.

Free to attend. No need to book just pop along on the day.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Spring in the Isles of Scilly (7 Day Excursion)

08:00 - 19:00

Eventbrite - Spring in the Isles of Scilly (7 Day Excursion)

Spring in The Isles of Scilly

Date: Friday 18th May - Thursday 24th May 2018 (7 Days, 6 nights) 

Early Bird Discount if you Book NOW

 Depart 8am from Coolings


Price: Prices from £1099 per person

(If booked before 24th December 2017 including Early Bird Booking Discount + 10% Coolings Family Discount)

Single Person Supplement £929 (SPS is not valid for 10% Coolings Family Discount)

A Payment plan applies to this holiday if booked before 24th December 2017

The retail price after 24th December 2017 is £1399 per person.


We’ve all heard stories of how wonderful the Isles of Scilly are. Situated firmly in the ‘Gulf Stream’ to the south-west of Cornwall, their climate is especially mild and temperate.

In particular you may have heard of Tresco and the beautiful Abbey Gardens, which are host to so many wonderful plants that we in Kent can only dream about growing.

As the Islands are so beautiful, we have built in as much flexibility as possible to allow you to choose when you visit different places and even what to visit.

Day 1

We will depart Coolings at 8am to allow plenty of time for breaks, so our day is comfortable and relaxed, before we will arrive at our overnight hotel a few hundred metres from the centre of St Ives, the Tregenna Castle Hotel.

Here we will stay on a bed and breakfast basis so that you have time to explore St Ives in the few hours we will have free in the town, without being tied to the hotel.

Day 2

We leave the hotel bright and early and travel the short distance to Penzance to catch our ferry to St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly. From St. Mary’s we then take a connecting boat for the journey to St Martin’s about a mile away.

Here on St Martin’s we will be staying at the world renowned four-star Karma Hotel, which is the only place on the Islands able to take our group at the standard we have come to expect.

Owing to the very limited choice of other dining facilities on the Island, we will be staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and we have arranged for you to be able to book tables in the restaurant at your convenience in the evening.

We will stay at Karma for 4 nights, giving us 3 full days on the Islands.

We have not formalised very much whilst on Scilly, so you are free to book trips through the hotel to suit your aims and the weather.

Within the price of this trip we have included the cost of entry to Tresco Abbey Gardens and the price of one boat return transfer per day to other islands.

Day 6

In the morning we will leave the hotel for the last time, transfer back to St Mary’s and take the ferry back to Penzance, where our coach will be waiting for us!

We will then travel for just over an hour to our overnight digs, the excellent Carlyon Bay Hotel. Those of you who came to Cornwall with us last year will remember the excellence of this establishment, which many felt was really a five-star hotel pretending to be fourstar! Here we will stay on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Guests may be interested to hear we will be returning to the Carlyon Bay in June for more great gardens of Cornwall!

Day 7

After a lovely breakfast, we say our goodbyes to the south-west and take a leisurely drive home to Coolings, aiming to arrive at around 7pm, depending on traffic.



You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email is only confirmation. Your tickets will be sent to you within 28 days before you depart for your holiday. 

Trip Specific Information:

1. It is recommended you have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of the trip

Additional Information:

This trip will depart at 8am from Coolings Garden Centre, we suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Within our car park there will be a designated area for you to park. Please follow the signage on the day.

The trip will return at approximately 7pm, but please be aware this time is approximate and can be subject to change dependant on traffic and circumstances beyond our control.

Coolings always use the finest quality coaches and all but the very smallest vehicles are fitted with toilets and we also aim to stop roughly every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and refresh ourselves.

A member of the Coolings team will be present throughout your excursion to assist you and be on hand should you have any questions or concerns.

Payment Schedule

Full Payment

You can make full payment for this holiday (per person) at the time of booking by phone or take advantage of a deferred payment period (see below)

Deposit / Deferred Payment

If you wish to defer payment for some of this holiday (per person) you may do so. 

A third of the ticket price (per person) is due as deposit to confirm your booking. A further third, 2nd payment (per person) is due by 28th February 2018. The final third, 3rd payment is due one month prior to departure by 18th April 2018. All future payments should not be made via Eventbrite and can be made by calling Coolings on 01959 532269.

A full payment schedule will be sent to you after booking confirmation has been received. If you have any questions concerning our deferred payment process please contact us on tel: 01959 532269. 



Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings?

Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post). 

Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash.

If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods. 


I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it?

Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.


What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here?

Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them. 


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on 


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays. 


What if I wish to cancel?

Refunds on Events and one day Excursions can only be offered 14 days before the event/excursion.

Refunds on holidays (trips of more than one day) can be offered under the following terms.

Figures expressed as % below relate to the full amount you were to pay for the holiday.

84 days or more before departure Coolings will retain 10%

83-57 days before departure Coolings will retain 30%

56-31 days before departure Coolings will retain 50%

30 days or less before departure Coolings will retain 100%


 The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details. 


Saturday, 19 May 2018


11:00 - 15:30

We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances we have rescheduled this event to Saturday 20th October.


Dr Manos Kanellos will be here again to repeat his superbly successful workshop and answer your questions.


11am - 11.40am Orchid care for beginners and repotting demonstration.

11.40am - 2.30pm Orchid Clinic except for lunch 1pm - 1.30pm.

2.30pm - 3.10pm Repeat talk as 11am.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Food & Produce Market (Keep it Local Events)

09:00 - 13:00

Organised by the Keep it Local team who created the popular craft fairs at Coolings, there will be all your regular favourite stalls as well as some additional producers selling fresh, locally sourced or made foods. Tip top fresh meat, fish, bread and cakes, fruit and vegetables grown for flavour rather than volume, juicy jams and chutneys and varieties of locally brewed beers are just some of the delights you will find here.

Free to attend.

Extra Information: Organised by the Keep it Local team. The market runs from 9am to 1pm every fourth Saturday of the month. Except for December (runs 30th Nov, 1st & 2nd December).